When the Keyboard Breaks: Live in Chicago
|When the Keyboard Breaks: Live in Chicago|
|Live album by Liquid Trio Experiment 2|
|Recorded||June 25, 2008, Chicago, IL|
|Producer||Liquid Trio Experiment 2|
|Liquid Trio Experiment 2 chronology|
When the Keyboard Breaks is a live album by progressive metal supergroup Liquid Trio Experiment 2. The album was recorded during a live show of Liquid Tension Experiment in Chicago, Illinois. The album came about when, during the track "Universal Mind", Jordan Rudess' Roland Fantom-G8 keyboard started playing half-step higher notes on every fourth key:
|“||So I'm playing along, everything's fine, but all of a sudden I started hearing these half-steps. It was as if I was playing in C but somebody else was playing in C-sharp. I was looking at John Petrucci, like, 'What the hell are you doing?' But then I saw him stop for a second, and I looked down at my hands and thought, ‘What is that?' I realized that every time I played a C, the keyboard would also play a C-sharp; every time I played a G, it played a G-sharp, and so on. It was playing everything in the worst possible dissonant way.||”|
Following the song, he went off stage to figure out a solution, since he didn't have his usual technician nor a substitute keyboard. In the meantime, the other three musicians decided to improvise until Jordan was ready to come back. Jordan had to stay on the phone with Roland in Japan for at least 20 minutes trying to figure out what was wrong. The other three just continued to jam with drummer Mike Portnoy giving updates every now and then (the determining point for the track splices). In the end, Rudess took John Petrucci's guitar and started jamming, then Petrucci took the bass, since Tony Levin was playing the Chapman Stick. When that jam was over, Portnoy ended up taking Levin's bass and Charlie Benante ended up playing drums. The keyboard was never fixed that night.
The production of the album was not official, as it was taken from a live stereo recording from the mix off stage. Thus there was no way for it to be properly mixed so everything is how the audience heard it.
The name of the album alludes to the track "When the Water Breaks" from Liquid Tension Experiment 2.
|1.||"Universal Mind (When the Keyboard Broke)"||2:20|
|2.||"The Chicago Blues & Noodle Factory"||7:03|
|3.||"Fade Away or Keep Going?"||5:03|
|4.||"The Haunted Keyboard"||9:34|
|5.||"Close Encounters of the Liquid Kind"||15:13|
|6.||"Ten Minute Warning"||5:55|
|7.||"That 'Ol Broken Down Keyboard Blues"||6:34|
|8.||"Liquid Anthrax" (Contains an excerpt of "How Many More Times" by Led Zeppelin)||4:55|
|9.||"That's All Folks!"||2:12|
- Tony Levin - Bass, Chapman Stick
- Mike Portnoy - Drums, bass on track 8
- John Petrucci - Guitar, Bass from 2:40 of track 7
- Jordan Rudess - Keyboards on track 1, guitar from 2:00 of track 7
- Charlie Benante - Drums on Track 8
- Bosso, Joe (21 July 2014). "Dream Theater's Jordan Rudess: my best and worst gigs ever". MusicRadar. Future plc. Retrieved 23 July 2014.